August 2017

August 2017

Frank Carroll

Showcasing 6-9pm, August 5th, 2017

While taking an abstract drawing/painting class in college, I started to explore visual and emotional connections between painting and music. How the different sounds, and styles of musical creativity affected the way I painted. The professor noticed a style and expression that was unique in my work, and encouraged me to pursue painting in a graduate program, to help foster and grow the ideas that were starting to bloom. Confident in a budding film career, I shrugged off the inner passion to paint. That was 25 years ago.

June 2017

June 2017

Yovi Veliz

Showcasing 6-9pm, June 3rd, 2017

Yovi seamlessly blends the flow of her artistic visions into a story narrative, weaving together her past and present works to create several series within one conceptual theme.

February 2017

February 2017

Xavier Payne

Showcasing 6-9pm, February 4th, 2017

Xavier Payne is passionate about creating artwork with a nostalgic quality and rich colors. Inspired by American movie posters and album covers from every era , he likes to create narratives with his work and mixing subject matter such as, but not limited to: fantasy, violence, human rights, love, hate, race, identity, and pop culture of different generations.

November 2016

November 2016

Andrew Smith

A little about myself: I am primarily a painter using mediums in acrylic, watercolor and mixed media but I also enjoy photography; all with a focus in abstracts and landscapes. 

For my abstract works, I enjoy a deep, usually personal experience to portray my vision, yet at the same time I try to let the viewer have their own experience.  My wife and are avid travelers and outdoors people and as such, much of the inspiration behind my landscape works comes from our past travels, hikes, etc. This is also true as well of travels, events, etc. with family and friends over the past twenty years.

October 2016


Gary “G Mac” McIntyre is a painter and "reformed musician" living in Watertown, Tennessee. 

Painting came late for G. After flunking a 7th grade art class, he never again picked up a brush until age 50. "One day I just got an urge to try it. I mixed up some house paints, used a piece of vinyl siding for a palette and painted an odd landscape on a scrap of sheetrock. That day, painting became a constant need in my life. The final two years I spent on the road, I would bring my paints and try to carve out an hour a day for it."

October 2016

October 2016


Rico X, a budding artist in the Nashville area, is the creative force behindBaba’s Hands Wood Carving. As an executive director of a youth program by day, Rico was exposed to wood carving during a visit to one of his site visits in November of 2014. The site director was teaching a group of kids and gave Rico an hour tutorial of the technique. Though Rico did not consider himself an “artist” at the time, he was immediately enthralled by the art of carving. Rico’s newfound passion coincided with the passing of his grandfather, who was a master carpenter. A few weeks into carving, Rico realized that he gravitated so much to this art as a means to connect with his grandfather’s legacy. Thus spawning the birth of Baba’s Hands Wood Carving. “Baba” means father in several African languages

August 2016

Viki Mammina Art

Viki Mammina

As the daughter of a professional photographer Viki Mammina discovered her passion for art at a young age. It was in her father’s studio that she learned the delicate art of hand tinting, airbrush and vintage photo restoration. Her talent was recognized early; in high school she received several awards including a scholarship that allowed her to attend the Chicago Academy of Art. After working as a graphic artist at K&S Photographics in Chicago she had a successful career in photo retouching until the widespread use of graphic software. Since that time Mammina has expanded her artistic direction to include photographic art, surrealism, illustration, CD cover art and portrait painting.

Viki Mammina’s art studio is located in Nashville, TN. Throughout the years, she has been commissioned to paint family portraits, landscapes, animals, CD covers, and Illustrations.

Viki Mammina

June 2016

Leroy Hodges Art

Leroy Hodges Jr

My painting is designed to capture not only the beauty in nature, but also what can be imagined, the struggle, joy and pain of the Human experience.  Oil painting is my preferred medium.  I love painting spectacular skies.  My art is meant to be expressive, thought provoking, and imaginative. My art offers the viewer possibilities into the human experience.

Biography:  A native of Meridian Mississippi, Leroy Hodges attended and graduated from Harris High School in 1969.   After high school, he attended Mississippi Valley State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics with a minor in Physics.   

Upon graduation, Leroy serviced his country by servicing in the United States Air Force in up state New York.   Leroy obtained a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Middle Tennessee State University in 1982.  He joined the staff of Middle Tennessee State University in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department in 1981 as a Math Instructor.   He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Middle Tennessee State University in 1984.  Leroy moved to the Washington D.C. area in 1985 to work for Naval Computer and Telecommunication Agency with his wife (Barbara).   Leroy has received numerous performance awards in the area of computer programming.  After wife (Barbara) completed residency training from Morehouse School of Medicine, Leroy moved back to Murfreesboro.           

In June 2002, Leroy with spouse (Barbara) co-founder “Kids for the Creative Arts, Inc.”.   This is a program designed to offer a free art camp and year-round classes for children in Rutherford and Davidson countries in the creative arts.  Leroy participated in various programs at the Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center.   He remained an active life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and enjoys being an artist.   He also enjoy sharing his artistic skills with others especially children.   Leroy believed firmly that our children hold the key to the world future.         

Growing up in Meridian Mississippi, Leroy learned to appreciate the beauty of life and nature despite challenging times and events.  “Nature with all its beauty reflects a moment in time. Through painting, one can capture not only the beauty in nature, but also what can be imagined, the struggle, joy and pain of the Human Spirit,” Leroy expressed.   He said art allows him to express my God given abilities in ways the world have not seen before, and to unlock the keys of nature’s unique shapes and wonderful creations.     Leroy’s art evolved during the late 1990’s through self-study, workshops, and training under various artists.   Oil painting is his medium of choice because of its richness and pure colors.  His artistic style is described as expressive, thought-provoking, and imaginative.  Leroy has a great passion for painting spectacular skies. Additionally, he enjoys sharing the love of art with children and adults.  Leroy lives with my devoted wife, Barbara in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

May 2016


Michael J McBride

Michael J. McBride, a native Tennessean, earned his undergraduate degree in art, from Tennessee State University and his graduate degree in painting from Illinois State University, where he credits Dr. Harold Gregor with providing a world class artistic mentorship. Currently, as an instructor of art at Tennessee State University and former Adjunct faculty at Watkins College of Art and Design and Film school, his commitment to the Nashville art world's future has always been at the forefront of his own career.

McBride has served curator of the Hiram V. Gordon Gallery at Tennessee State University from 1995 – 2000 and has been the  lead artist on many community-based projects in Nashville, Sister Cities Mural Projects as well as Nashville International Airport's Arts in the Airport program. Michael is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for the Frist Center for the Visual Arts  in Nashville, The Arts in the Airport Board, Tennessee Art league, The Nashville Artist Guild, South Arts southern artist registry and the Board of Family and Children Service.


McBride was featured in Visions of My People, sixty years of African American art in Tennessee, an exhibit organized by the Tennessee State Museum and one of his pieces was purchase for their permanent collection.   He was one of twelve Nashville artists selected by The Tennessean newspaper for inclusion in the Millennium 2000 Collection, a signal honor. Another honor was the Side by Side sister cities exhibition with Belfast, Northern Ireland, featuring 17 artists from Nashville and 17 artists from Ireland.  His most recent honor was the summer of 2005, a ten weeks artist in residence in Bermuda with the MasterWorks Museum of Bermuda Art.  His current body of work titled “Too Black Too Fast” is a traveling exhibition of art about African- American jockeys and trainers.  McBride’s work is included in both private and corporate collections in the US and abroad. His work has been featured on television sitcoms, such as "Living Single", "The Wayans Bros. Show", and "The Jamie Foxx Show". Michael has also illustrated children's books and book covers for several publishing groups.

Michael McBride

April 2016

Barbara Hodges

Barbara Hodges

As a native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Barbara’s childhood was spent drawing and painting.  As a self-taught artist, she has always sought to expand her skills and talents through workshops, training with other artists and experimentation with styles of the “Old Masters.”  Growing up in rural Rutherford County she became increasingly aware of the need to stop, look, listen, and appreciate nature and the human experience.  Her preferred painting medium is oil because of its brilliant colors and flexibility.  She strongly believes that art should communicate with its viewers in a language they can understand.  Choosing subjects to paint is an exciting part of the artistic process in her opinion.  Still life, landscapes, figures and portraits in the realistic manner offer her a wonderful variety of subject matters, colors, and emotions.  She especially likes sharing my love of art with children.  This is why she and her husband founded the “Kids for the Creative Arts, Inc.”   Aside from my art, she enjoys working and caring for people as a family physician.   She lives with her devoted husband, Leroy in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 

March 2016

Nora Canfield

Nora Canfield

Nora Canfield, creator of MsDig Photography and co-creator of Lollipop Photos™, has owned MsDig Photography, located in historic East Nashville, for more than 10 years. Nora attended college for photography in Nashville where she developed a strong foundation in photography, lightning, and traditional darkroom techniques. Prior to co-founding MsDig Photography, Nora worked as a color technician and printer for several Nashville-based developing and print shops. Nora is known for her unique photography style including her Lollipop Photos™ and Blacklight Photos, and prides herself on her unmatched customer service, flexible pricing, and lighting fast turnaround time. Nora's photographs have been featured on/in ABC's "Good Morning America," Showtime's feature documentary "Bronx Obama, NBC News' 2016 Presidential election series "The Trail Tapes," Bravo Network's "Thicker Than Water," Nashville Lifestyles magazine, The Nashville Scene magazine, the Las Vegas Strip, and a new advertising campaign for Nashville's juice bar and whole foods eatery "The Urban Juicer."

February 2016

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Omari Booker

Omari Booker began his journey as an artist his senior year of high school at Montgomery Bell Academy.  There he realized his gift for visual art and like most true artists, the path to developing his talent has been anything but linear. It has taken him through various disciplines and institutions including Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University, and Tennessee State University. As he studied Mathematics and other more traditional curricula he finally focused on studio art and graphic design earning his B.S. in Graphic Design from Tennessee State University.

Omari’s work has been influenced by masters such as Vincent Van Gogh and Salvador Dali as well as, modern artists like Charles White and Jacob Lawrence.  A consistent affinity for realism is apparent in his work, while abstractions can also be found. Oil paintings are Omari’s predominant medium, but charcoal, chalk pastels, and acrylic paintings are essential building blocks of his work, and are often finished pieces.

Omari takes a process-oriented approach to his art, embracing it as a therapeutic modality through which he is able to express his passion for the freedom and independence that the creative process allows him to experience. His art is his personal therapy, and his desire is that those viewing it will have personal experiences of  catharsis. The philosophy that undergirds Omari’s work is FREEDOM THROUGH ART and he aspires to create work that communicates to his audience their unique and intrinsic ability to be free.